Here's what we'd like to do in the Mt Cook area - could you please comment if this is too much or too little time? I'd say our travel style is peaceful exploration with plenty of time to leisurely let our experience in an area unfold. We love to hike and take photographs.
I don’t know how different the hiking and experience will be here in comparison to the Queenstown/Wanaka area. We’ll be in Wanaka for a month and planning on doing a lot of hiking in that area.
2 nights/1 full day in Lake Tekapo: Earth & Sky Night Observatory Tour (staying 2 nights in case the weather isn’t clear enough for photos on the first night with their telescope), Mt John Observatory day tour, small boat cruise, salmon farm
4 nights/4 days staying in Mt Cook Village
Glacier Explorer’s Trip
Helicopter tour – maybe Tasman heli-hiking
Edmund Hillary Centre
Hiking – each day - there seems to be lots of options and depending upon the weather we can make those choices each day
Evenings: Planetarium, walk away from the hotel and its lights and enjoy the evening stars
Thanks bunches for your comments.